After a shaky 2015 season in Seattle, Tom Wilhelmsen was dealt to the Rangers to help fortify their bullpen. Unfortunately for all parties involved, the right-hander did the exact opposite, as he posted a disastrous 10.55 ERA and 2.20 WHIP in 21.1 innings. This led the Rangers to cut ties with the veteran early in the season. Then, against most conventional thinking, the Mariners decided to reunite with the 32-year-old and add him to their bullpen. The results of this were somewhat better, as he sported a 3.60 ERA and 1.28 WHIP after 25 innings pitched, but his peripherals suggested otherwise: his FIP sat at a paltry 5.12 mark, his HR/9 climbed north of 1.4, and his K:BB was a meager 28:19. Wilhelmsen's disappointing performance got him released once again, and unless he can start to exhibit any command over his offerings, it will be tough for him to climb back to fantasy relevance ever again, especially with Father Time working against him.
Wilhelmsen signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks that includes an invite to major league spring training The veteran righty was DFA'd earlier in the offseason, but the Diamondbacks have recently been adding some arms as non-roster invitees with pitchers and catchers set to report in the coming days. He was hit hard as a member of the Rangers and Mariners in 2016 with a 6.80 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over 46.1 innings, but he's just one year removed from a campaign where he posted a 3.19 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. If Wilhelmsen can recapture his 2015 form, he should have a chance to make the Opening Day roster given the club's struggles in the back end in recent years.
Wilhelmsen was released by the Mariners on Tuesday. The Mariners released him after he cleared waivers. He was pretty awful in 2016, posting a 6.80 ERA and 28:19 K:BB in 46.1 innings with the Rangers and Mariners. He will likely look to secure a minor league contract with an invite to spring training from a team in need of bullpen depth.
Wilhelmsen was designated for assignment by the Mariners on Friday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. He turns 33 next month and is coming off his worst season in the majors. Wilhelmsen's numbers were better with Seattle after leaving Texas, but his 5.07 FIP suggests he overachieved in his return to the Mariners. The right-hander will now be subjected to waivers.
Wilhelmsen (back) was activated from the 15-day DL on Saturday. This was anticipated after he threw a successful simulated game earlier in the week and has now served the minimum 15 days on the DL. Wilhelmsen should work in a middle inning role over the final three weeks of the season.
Wilhelmsen (back) expects to return from the disabled list Saturday, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports. The veteran reliever has been limited to just 43 appearances this season, but it appears that he'll be back for the final push once he returns from the DL on Saturday. He threw a simulated game that reportedly went well, so now all Wilhelmsen and the Mariners need is for him to wait the requisite time for him to be eligible for a return.